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Extra Innings Walk-Off Home Run Against Lower Columbia Sends Titans to NWAACC Championships

Extra Innings Walk-Off Home Run Against Lower Columbia Sends Titans to NWAACC Championships imagePosted: 5/22/2013 10:29:00 AM

Tacoma, WA - Playoff baseball is what your Tacoma Titans had in store for them this past weekend as they faced off against division foe Lower Columbia, with a birth to the NWAACC championships on the line.

Game one saw the Titan bats put up offense quick and frequent, scoring in five of the eight innings. Jordan Woodring continued his extremely hot hitting, gathering three hits in the game and raising his average to a whopping (.469). Joey Gamache took the hill for the Titans, shutting down Lower Columbia for the first four innings before getting touched up for three runs in the fifth and one in the seventh. However, the Titans kept the offensive engine roaring throughout the game and finished with the win (8-4). Relief pitching Ryota Koiwai came into the game and closed the door for the Titans, making his second appearance in two games.

Game two would not start out as well for the Titans as did game one. Lukas Hinton was on the mound for your Titans and while he only allowed one run over his first three innings, the fourth and fifth innings would be the end of the line for Lukas, surrendering six runs (four earned) on seven hits. Ryan Skoubo came on for the Titans and threw his best outing of the year, giving the Titans a chance to come back in the game and that they did. Scratching out three runs in the seventh and eighth, the Titans loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth but were unable to come through in the clutch. Austin Johnson and Ben Circeo lead the offensive charge on the day, with both having multi hit games. The final score of the game ended at (6-3) in favor of Lower Columbia, forcing a game three to be played on Sunday.

Game three would go down as the most drama filled game of the year. Back and forth the game went between the two evenly matched teams. Closer Brandon Choate came on in the fifth inning for the Titans and shut down the Lower Columbia offense paving the way for the Titans to tie the game in the ninth on a dramatic error made by the Lower Columbia second baseman with two outs. The game went extra innings with both pitching staffs shutting down the offenses until the bottom of the 12th when pinch hitter JJ Pino stepped to the plate. With a runner at first Pino took a (0-1) pitch over the left field wall for a walk off homerun and the NWAACC championship birth. Pino was mobbed by his teammates at home plate. The final score was (5-3) in favor of the Titans.

"What a series," said head coach Ryan Mummert. "We played Lower Columbia 8 times in a little over a week and each game had some kind of dramatics. Obviously this last one had the most. This is that series that unfortunately someone has to lose. But I'm proud of our guys. We have a resilient group and I couldn't be happier for them. They worked so hard for this opportunity and they deserve it."

With the win TCC advance to the NWAACC Tournament on Thursday in Longview, WA. The Titans will match up against Mt Hood in round 1 with a game time set for 4:35pm. GO TITANS!

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